n Literator : Journal of Literary Criticism, Comparative Linguistics and Literary Studies - Who killed Kesentseng? Cultural knowledge and narratological analysis in the inter-pretation of the Setswana short story "Ga le a ka la tswa" ("Doomed to die before dawn") by B.D. Magoleng : research article

Volume 26, Issue 1
  • ISSN : 0258-2279
  • E-ISSN: 2219-8237



Die sentrale argument in hierdie artikel is dat hoewel verhalende tekste bepaal en gedefinieer word deur die narratiewe aard daarvan, daar ook nie-narratiewe komponente in verhale voorkom. Hierdie nie-narratiewe komponente kan van deurslaggewende belang wees in die interpretasie van die tekste. Die belang en noodsaaklikheid van kulturele kennis vir narratiewe tekste word geïllustreer aan die hand van 'n bespreking van die kulturele inhoude van 'n Setswana-kortverhaal.

In this article the argument is put forward that although the criterial force in narrative texts is the fact that these texts are intrinsically narrative, there is a range of extra-narrative components which should also be taken into consideration in processes of interpretation. The article explores the cultural dimension of a short story in Setswana and illustrates how cultural knowledge is essential to reach a more comprehensive understanding of the text.

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